Directory


Leadership

John Burns, PhD

Multisite Clinical Center 1

Clinical psychologist. Has conducted NIH-funded research on biopsychosocial conceptualizations of chronic pain, and, in particular, has been investigating the degree to which psychosocial factors influence acute and chronic pain intensity, underlying pathways by which psychosocial factors exert such effects, the degree to which these factors predict response to chronic pain treatment, and therapeutic mechanisms by which psychosocial chronic pain interventions work.

Asokumar Buvanendran, MD

Multisite Clinical Center 1

Anesthesiologist and Pain Physician. Studied and published on improving outcomes after surgery. Studied acute to chronic pain after surgery for a decade with recent publication of 300 patients after TKA.

Joshua Jacobs, MD

Multisite Clinical Center 1

Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgeon. He is a Multiple PI on the University of Chicago/Rush Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Has conducted NIH-funded research on orthopaedic biomaterials and the biocompatibility of orthopaedic implants and has published extensively on the outcomes of total joint replacement surgery.

Xiaohong Joe Zhou, PhD, DABR

Multisite Clinical Center 1

Medical Physicist. Dr. Zhou is a tenured Professor of Radiology and Director of Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He is board certified by both American Board of Radiology and American Board of Medical Physics. Dr. Zhou has been actively engaged in MRI technical developments and clinical applications for more than three decades, particularly in the areas of MRI pulse sequences, diffusion imaging, clinical protocol development, cancer imaging, and imaging of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Chad Brummett, MD

Multisite Clinical Center 2

Dr. Brummett is a Professor at the University of Michigan where he is the Senior Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology. He has more than 200 publications, including articles in top journals such as JAMA, JAMA Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Annals of Surgery. He is the Co-Director of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (Michigan OPEN), which aims to apply a preventative approach to the opioid epidemic in the US through appropriate prescribing after surgery, dentistry and emergency medicine. In addition, his research interests include predictors of acute and chronic post-surgical pain and failure to derive benefit for interventions for interventions and surgeries primarily performed to treat pain. He is the Co-PI of four major NIH grants studying these concepts, and also receives funding from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA and the CDC.

Andrew Chang, MD

Multisite Clinical Center 2

Andrew C. Chang, M.D., is the John Alexander Distinguished Professor, Head of the Section of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Michigan. After completing his undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and medical education at The Johns Hopkins University he pursued general surgical residency at Vanderbilt University. During this time he also obtained an individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to study cardiothoracic transplantation with Richard N. Pierson, III, M.D. He then continued as a thoracic surgical resident and subsequently thoracic surgical fellow at the University of Michigan, completing these in 2003, before joining the faculty. Dr. Chang's clinical interests encompass all aspects of general thoracic surgery including thoracic oncology, esophageal diseases, pulmonary transplantation, minimally-invasive surgery and interventional endoscopy.

Daniel Clauw, MD

Multisite Clinical Center 2

Daniel Clauw is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology) and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. He serves as Director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center. Until January 2009 he also served as the first Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research within Michigan Medical School, and PI of the UM Clinical and Translational Sciences Award. He attended UM for medical school studies and then completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology Fellowship at Georgetown University. Since moving to UM, Clauw has continued his commitment to clinical care and research into overlapping conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Gulf War Illnesses, and Interstitial Cystitis just to name a few, having become an internationally known expert in chronic pain, and especially the central nervous system contributions to chronic pain states, performing past or ongoing work in conditions such as low back pain, osteoarthritis, vulvodynia, endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and temporomandibular joint disorder.

Jennifer Waljee, MD, MPH, MS

Multisite Clinical Center 2

Dr. Jennifer Waljee is an Associate Professor in Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan and joined the faculty in 2012. Dr. Waljee earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in public health at the University of Michigan and her medical degree at Emory University. She completed her residency training in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, followed by a fellowship in Hand Surgery, at the University of Michigan. Dr. Waljee is board certified in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery with added certification in Surgery of the Hand. Her clinical focus is the management of acute and chronic conditions of the hand and upper extremity. Her research focus is on the use of patient-centered outcomes following surgery for capturing quality across conditions. She currently serves as a Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, as well as the Director of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy.

Kathleen Sluka, PhD

Clinical Coordination Center

Dr. Sluka is a Professor in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Program at the University of Iowa. Her research has focused on examining the neurobiology of musculoskeletal pain and analgesia in both animal models and human subjects. In her laboratory, Dr. Sluka does translational work examining animal models of muscle pain, activity-induced pain, and non-pharmacological treatments for pain and has studied factors that contribute to the transition from acute to chronic musculoskeletal pain, and factors that promote resilience to the transition.

Christopher Coffey, PhD

Clinical Coordination Center

Dr. Coffey received his Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999 and has nearly 20 years of experience providing data management and statistical support to multi-center clinical trials. He joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in fall 2009 as a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, and became the Director of the Clinical Trials Statistical and Data Management Center (CTSDMC) in August 2010. He is currently the PI of the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) for several large clinical studies, and leads the Statistics Core for the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative with the Michael J Fox Foundation.

Laura Frey Law, PhD

Clinical Coordination Center

Dr. Laura Frey-Law is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa.  Her background is in biomedical engineering (BSE, Iowa and MS, Michigan) and physical therapy rehabilitation (MPT and PhD, Iowa).  She is the Director of the Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory and has been on faculty at the University of Iowa since 2005. Dr. Frey-Law is nationally and internationally recognized for her work on muscle pain, fatigue and strength; incorporating human psychophysical testing and mathematical modeling studies to advance our understanding in these areas.

Martin Lindquist, PhD

Data Integration and Resource Center

Martin Lindquist is a Professor of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on mathematical and statistical problems relating to functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). Dr. Lindquist is actively involved in developing new analysis methods to enhance our ability to understand brain function using human neuroimaging. He has published over 100 research articles and serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals both in statistics and neuroimaging. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and a recipient of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping's 'Education in Neuroimaging Award'.

Tor Wager, PhD

Data Integration and Resource Center

Tor Wager is the Diana L. Taylor Distinguished Professor in Neuroscience at Dartmouth College. Since 2004, he has directed the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience laboratory, a research lab devoted to work on the neurophysiology of affective processes—pain, emotion, stress, and empathy—and how they are shaped by cognitive and social influences. Dr. Wager and his lab are also dedicated to developing analysis methods for functional neuroimaging and sharing ideas, tools, and scientific data with the scientific community and public.

Ari Kahn, PhD

Data Integration and Resource Center

Ari Kahn is TACC's Human Translational Genomics Coordinator and helps implement TACC's strategy for empowering medical and clinical informatics using advanced computing. Previously, he worked as a data coordinator for the National Cancer Institute.

Louise Laurent, MD, PhD

Omics Data Generation Center

Dr. Laurent is a physician-scientist with a research background in extracellular RNA biomarker discovery, stem cell biology, molecular biology and genomics. Dr. Laurent's research focuses on discovery of biomarkers for prediction and early diagnosis of pregnancy complications, and developing a molecular understanding of placental development and function. Dr. Laurent has successfully coordinated a number of complex experiments involving many research groups from around the United States, as well as internationally, which have led to highly cited publications in such journals as Cell, Nature, Cell Stem Cell, and Nature Methods. She is a PI in the NIH-sponsored Extracellular RNA Communication Consortium, and a multi-PI for the Genetic Variant and exRNA Omics Data Generation Core for the Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures Program.

Jon Jacobs, PhD

Omics Data Generation Center

Dr. Jon Jacobs (Co-PI) is a Senior Research Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Associate Director of the NIH NIGMS Biomedical Technology Research Resource for Proteomic Integrative Biology. Dr. Jacobs background as a biochemist includes over 17 years of experience in the development and application of advanced mass spectrometry based proteomic analysis techniques utilized at PNNL. His expertise lies in the study of complex mammalian and microbial systems, including clinical cohorts and studies focusing on inflammatory responses, infectious diseases, and liver diseases.

Michael Olivier, PhD

Omics Data Generation Center

Dr. Olivier is director of the Center for Precision Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Molecular Medicine. He also holds appointments in the Department of Biostatistics and Data Sciences, the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Center for Biomedical Informatics, and the Center on Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. His expertise is in genomics, proteomics and metabolomics, and in integrated multi-omics analysis of complex disorders in humans.


Data Integration and Resource Center